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Woman killed and two others injured by lightning in Parkland

A woman working in the fields at a Parkland farm Wednesday was killed when she was struck by lightning, the Broward Sheriff's Office said late Wednesday.

A man and woman who were working nearby were injured, BSO said.

Late Wednesday, BSO identified the woman who died as Maria Pascual, 53. BSO did not identify the injured.

The Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department was called to C.W. Hendrix Farms, 12210 Loxahatchee Road, Wednesday afternoon after a report of a lightning strike.

A man was rushed to Broward Health North Medical Center in critical condition, the department said. BSO later said his condition was considered serious.

Pascual was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to BSO.

Meanwhile, another woman showed up at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach with non life-threatening injuries, BSO said.

Lightning strikes are not uncommon in Florida — according to the National Weather Service, the state is considered the lightning capital of the United States because the state has the most thunderstorms.

Every year, an average of 10 people die in the country because of a lightning strike, according to the National Weather Service.

Previously, so far in 2018, two people had died because of lightning, one in Texas and one near White Springs, Florida.

Michael Moser, division chief for Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, said Wednesday's incident is an "unfortunate reminder that lightning can be deadly."

"We always recommend when the weather gets bad for people to stay inside," he said.

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